AZUSA, Calif. -- For the seventh time in program history and the first since 2002, Azusa Pacific placed 3 players on the All-Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Team, as announced by the GSAC Monday afternoon.
Senior forward Alex Moore-Porter and junior guard Briana Hall were repeat selections, and junior guard Eboni Sadler was a first-time All-GSAC pick in her first year in the program as a transfer from Miami (Fla.).
Moore-Porter’s third All-GSAC selection comes after she averaged 15.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the regular season. She finished the regular season with 468 points, 38 steals and a 73 percent free-throw percentage. In the Cougars’ 84-69 home win against Vanguard, she tied her career-high with 34 points, shot 72 percent (13-for-18) from the floor and hit 3-of-4 3 pointers, along with 7 rebounds. Moore-Porter, an NAIA All-American second team selection in 2008 and a first team pick last year, would become Azusa Pacific’s first-ever 3-time NAIA All-American if selected this year.
Hall earns her second all-conference selection after a fine junior season in which she scored 10.8 points per game, had 73 steals, and shot a team-high 79 percent from the free throw line. She scored her 1,000th career point in the Vanguard win, becoming the fourth player on the current roster to do so and the 20th all-time at Azusa Pacific. Hall also accounted for 173 assists on the season, putting her in third on the Cougar’s single-season list. Hall ranks second in the GSAC in assists this season and third in assists-to-turnover ratio (1.88), and she is 37 assists away from the Azusa Pacific single-season assists record.
Sadler earns her first All-GSAC selection in her first season in the Cougar program. Sadler averaged 13.4 points with 5.3 rebounds per game, and she accounted for 65 steals. Sadler scored 27 points, had 5 steals, and 7 rebounds in a Jan. 8 win against Westmont, which started Azusa Pacific’s program-record 15-game GSAC winning streak over the final 2 months of the regular season. During the streak, Sadler’s contributions jumped to a 15.9 scoring average with an 82 percent free throw percentage, and she shot a team-high 53 percent from the floor over the last 15 games.
Azusa Pacific shared the GSAC regular-season championship last year with Vanguard, and the Cougars closed out the regular season this year with a 15-game winning streak to claim the conference title outright by a 2-game margin, finishing 18-2 in conference play while taking a 26-4 overall mark into the postseason.
Biola, which tied for second place with California Baptist, 2 games behind the Cougars, produced the 2011 GSAC Player of the Year Jessilyn Conicelli, as well as 2011 GSAC Coach of the Year Ken Crawford. The Biola sweep marks the first season since 2000 that a player or coach from the outright GSAC champion did not pick up either of the player or coach of the year awards. To view the entire 2011 All-GSAC Women’s Basketball Team, visit the GSAC website.
The Cougars’ GSAC tournament opener is a Wednesday, March 2 matchup with Point Loma Nazarene at 7:30 p.m. Azusa Pacific’s GSAC title gives it home-court advantage throughout the conference tournament. The Cougars have already clinched 1 of the GSAC’s 2 automatic berths into the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship, which takes place March 16-22 in Jackson, Tenn.